Tuesday, July 30, 2013

What It Means to be a Contributor – Writing for Spanglishbaby.com

“There are things you imagine and then things you dream.”
(They are not the same though I cannot explain the difference).


Things are better when you share them with others.

A few weeks back I decided to start my blogging journey. I felt I needed to share and hear from others who either teach or are raising children to be ‘world citizens.’ As a new dual language teacher, I had and still have many questions. On one hand, I have to create many of the resources I use/will be using and on the other hand learn to effectively share my knowledge in my native language. I did a lot of research both online and at my local library – I wanted to know what I needed to do to be successful blogger.

My first task was to find a purpose: Why would I be writing? What motivates me to write? This one was a no-brainer as I am on the quest for more knowledge (either shaped by my own experiences or what I learn/learned from others).

Then,I thought about my audience: Who will be reading my posts? What would this audience want to know?

Finally, I brainstormed different ways to make my blog visible: How will my blog show up on an Internet search? Will it actually show up? (I did not want to write to a ‘ghost’ audience.)

Here is where I happened to stumble upon Spanglishbaby.com and Latinabloggersconnect.com. After countless hours on the computer (and I mean countless), I came across a post on LBC. Here I reached to Ana Flores. At first a few emails went back and forth, then a phone call, and then…the unexpected happened. Talking to Ana about what my purpose as a blogger was seemed to somehow match what she was looking for at the time. More emails were exchanged and then I was writing for Spanglishbaby.com.

Spanglish Baby Contributor

I am honored to say the least. Honored at the fact that someone would trust ‘this’ individual (me) to post for a site that has build its reputation over the years and thanks to the hard work of those who are part of La Familia. I am sure I come across as the overly thankful person (thank you at the beginning, end, and through out emails), but I can live with that.

At this point, I feel I have a very serious commitment to those who read my posts. I have the obligation to bring forward my best writing and with that my experiences as a teacher as well. Rest re-assured that this new partnership would only make me more intentional about what I write and definitely about what I do as a dual-language teacher.

Have you stumbled upon something that you only dreamed about? I would love to readwhat that is.


4 comments:

  1. We're even more grateful to have you! Your voice is certainly needed and will be of so much value for our community. Happy to do this together!

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  2. We are all elated to have you and your expertise at SB! Ana and Roxana are two of the best in the blogging world (in my humble opinion :) and, as a long time SB Contributor, I have never once regretted a moment of work I have done for them and this amazing cause. Congrats and welcome!

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  3. We love having you, Kelly! Thanks for your wonderful posts so far!

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